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SUMMARY

 BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING

TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2000

Roll Call:   6:05p.m., All present

Comments From The Public:  41 speakers heard under the public hearing.

Special Work Session and Public Hearing on FY2000-2001 Budget

1.         Special Work Session : FY2000 – FY2001 Mid-Biennial Budget Review  (6:00 - 7:30 p.m.) (Refer to City Manager Mid-Biennial Budget Report of May 9, 2000)

A.  Budget Update

            B.  Citywide Work PlanDiscussion of FY2000 & FY2001 Work Plan,
            including projects identified as Council Priorities, and re-affirm priorities for
            FY2001.
                                   

C.  Customer Service Initiatives - Discussion on the status of customer service initiatives being developed to improve service delivery, access to public information and response to citizen inquiries and complaints. 

D.  Funding Shifts included in City Manager’s Proposed FY2001 Budget Adjustments – Informational report summarizing baseline funding adjustments included in the FY2000 & FY2001 Mid-Biennial Budget Review 

E.  Recommended Budget Policies for Council Consideration -  Discussion and adoption of budget policies recommended by the City Manager to guide development of future budgets, including funding requests received outside of the biennial budget cycle. 

2.         Public Hearing - FY2000 & FY2001 Mid-Biennial Budget (7:30pm)

Public Testimony:  The Mayor opened the public hearing.  41 speakers heard.  Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Breland; Absent - Maio) to close the public hearing. 

3.       Budget Referrals:         

a.          Warm Water Pool
From:  Councilmember Spring
Recommendation: 
Refer the request for the proposed one-year fundraising budget for the Berkeley High School warm water pool to the 2000-2001 budget process.
Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266 

Action: 
Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Spring; Absent - Maio) to approve the recommendation. 

b.          Ohlone Park
From:  Councilmember Spring
Recommendation: 
Refer the request for $150,000 for irrigation landscaping, and play equipment for school age children in Ohlone Park at Grant Street to the 2000-2001 budget process.
Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266 

Action: 
Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Spring; Absent - Maio) to approve the recommendation. 

c.          Council Chambers
From:  Councilmember Spring
Recommendation: 
Refer the request for $500,000 for bringing the current Council Chambers into compliance with ADA accessibility standards to the 2000-2001 budget process.
Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266

Action: 
Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Spring; Absent - Maio) to approve the recommendation. 

d.          Volunteer Coordinator for Berkeley Animal Shelter
From:  Councilmember Spring
Recommendation: 
Refer to the mid-year budget process an allocation of approximately $55,000 for a full time paid Coordinator of Volunteer Services at the Berkeley Animal Shelter.
Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266 

Action: 
Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Spring; Absent –Maio) to approve the recommendation. 

e.          Animal Adoption and Shelter Funding
          From:  Councilmember Spring

          Recommendation: 
Refer the following requests from the Humane
          Commission to the 2000-2001 budget process:  1) $35,000 on an
          annual basis for an affordable spay and neuter program; 2) $10,000
          on an annual basis for advertising of animals in need of adoption at
          the Animal Shelter; 3) up to $100,000 to create a quarantine area
          and to make other necessary repairs in order to improve the health
          conditions of the animals at the shelter; and 4) funding for a new
          animal shelter facility, ASAP.
          Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266 

          Action:  Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Spring; Absent –
             Maio) to approve the recommendation.

f.          Youth Suitcase Clinic
From:  Councilmember Spring
Recommendation: 
Refer the request for $9,975 from United for Health to offer acupuncture at the Youth Suitcase Clinic to the 2000-2001 budget process.
Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266 

Action: 
Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Spring; Absent – Maio) to approve the recommendation.

g.          Berkeley Dispute Resolution Service
From:  Councilmember Spring
Recommendation: 
Refer the request for an additional $25,000 on an annual basis from the Berkeley Dispute Resolution Service to the 2000-2001 budget process.
Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266 

Action: 
Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Spring; Absent – Maio) to approve the recommendation. 

h.          Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center
From:  Councilmember Maio
Recommendation:
 Refer a request from Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center for $48,000 for consideration in the budget process.
Contact:  Linda Maio, Councilmember District 1, 644-6359 

Action: 
Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Spring; Absent – Maio) to approve the recommendation amended by Councilmember Worthington to refer the disability issues to the Commission on Disability if and when any funding request is approved.  

i.          "How Berkeley Can You Be?" Parade and Festival
From:  Councilmember Maio
Recommendation: 
Refer a request from the "How Berkeley Can You Be?" Parade and Festival for an additional $1,000 for consideration in the budget process.
Contact:  Linda Maio, Councilmember District 1, 644-6359

Action: 
Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Spring; Absent – Maio) to approve the recommendation. 

j.          Spay and Neuter Program
From:  Berkeley Citizens Humane Commission
Recommendation: 
Allocate $35,000 per year for a minimum of two years to fund an affordable spay and neuter program.
Contact:  Sarah Barnes, Chair, 644-2294
Action: 
Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Spring; Absent – Maio) to approve the recommendation. 

4.         Communications: 

Action:  The following communications were read, noted and filed unless referred to the City Manager for a response: 

            1.  Lisa Bullwinkel, Solano Avenue Association re request for funding for Solano
                 Stroll

2.  Harry Siitonen, President, Tenants Association, Strawberry Creek Lodge, re $30,000 funding of meal program.

3.  Lana Buffington, Board President, and Kathy Berger, Executive Director,
     Telegraph Area Association

4.  University Avenue Neighbors and Merchants, re pedestrian lighting on lower 
    
University Avenue

 SUPPLEMENTAL COMMUNICATIONS
AND AGENDA REPORTS
 

Item 2 - Public Hearing - FY2000-2001 Mid-Biennial Budget Review

5.         University Avenue Merchants, re sidewalk cleaning and pedestrian lighting.

6.         Lucy Fields, re Berkeley Animal Shelter

7.         Rachel A. Rupert, Chief Executive Officer, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, 1834 University Avenue, re budget policies.

8.         John DeClercq, Transaction Companies, Ltd., re Telegraph Area Association

Item 3 - Budget Referrals

9.         Councilmember Spring re $25,000 for Home at Last.

10.       Councilmember Spring re $35,000 for annual spay and neuter program; $10,000 for advertising of animals in need of adoption; up to $100,000 for quarantine area and repairs; and funding for a new Animal Shelter facility.

11.       Suzy Thompson, re Ashkenaz request.

Adjournment

 The meeting adjourned at  10:37 p.m.


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